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The Castle Point Mayor's Awards



The winners of the Castle Point Mayor’s Awards 2020 have been announced. Judges struggled to choose a winner from some very high-quality candidates.

From this year’s impressive entries, Benfleet company TG Collins Solicitors won the coveted title of Castle Point Business of the Year. TG Collins Solicitors, formed in May 2011, has become an established firm with a strong local reputation for its legal services across a range of different areas of law. TG Collins have recently expanded their operation with a new office opening in Chelmsford earlier this year.

Blyth Catamarans and Mala Dance were both Highly Commended by the judges for achieving business excellence. 

Blyth Catamarans, based on Canvey Island, specialise in the design and build of workboats for commercial operators across a range of industries. Blyth have been building workboats for more than 20 years and have established an enviable reputation within the industry supplying vessels to locations all over the world. 

Mala Dance, an independent dance school based in Benfleet, is a family business set up by Clare Beesley over 20 years ago. Since that time the dance school has grown to become one of the largest and most successful studio facilities in the area.

The Apprentice of the Year Award was also announced, highlighting the outstanding capabilities and work ethic of young people in the Borough.

The Winner was Rosie Weir, Salon Junior at Hobbit Hair Centre, a long-established hairdressing salon on Canvey Island. Rosie is a major part of the team at Hobbit Hair Centre and is being fast tracked through her apprentice qualification. She plans to have her own hair salon in the future to train apprentices like herself.

The Runner-up Callum Harvey, Sports Coach at Canvey Island Youth Project - The Yellow Door received a Commendation in recognition of his valuable contribution to the local, independent charity on Canvey Island that offers advice, education and counselling support to young people aged between 11 and 25 years. Callum started his apprenticeship with Yellow Door in October 2018 and since then has planned, developed and implemented a range of sporting activities for young people.

The Mayor of Castle Point, Cllr Colin Riley said “Sadly, the Civic Dinner could not be held in 2020 due to the Covid-19 restrictions and, therefore, the normal announcement of the Mayors Awards could not take place in its usual setting. However, we feel the achievements of our local businesses still deserve celebrating and I would like to thank everyone who entered”.

The Business Awards provide a unique opportunity for local businesses to showcase their achievements and gain recognition in the local area.

The Awards are sponsored by the Castle Point Business Forum, The Federation of Small Businesses and ITEC Learning Technologies. 

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Castle Point Mayors Award - Roll of Honour

Business of the Year:

2020 - T. G. Collins Solicitors

2019 - eBrit Services Ltd

2018 -  Clean Green Cleaning Services

2017 - Hook & Partners

2016 - HSM Services Ltd

2015 - Edward Carter Solutions and Epic Marketing Services

2014 -Jet Wheel Tyre

2013 - Castle Point Motors

2012 - Williams Optometrists

2011 - Thames Group

2010 - King Surveying Services

2009 - R W Carpenters Ltd

2008 - Castle Point Gas & Heating


Apprentice of the Year:

2020 - Rosie Weir

2019 - Ella Durose & Tahlia Brown (joint winners)

2018 - Shelby Martin

2017 - Jamie Coronado

2016 - Brett Barber

2015 - Dale Walter

2014 - Jack Sweetenham

2013 - Chelsea Parker

2012 - James Hemmings

2011 - Rebecca Allgood and Keira Shelley


Young Entrepreneur of the Year:

2016 - Amanda Bubb, Blu Nuvo


Mayor's Community Award:

2016 - Simon Foxen, Simon Foxen Barber Shop


Mayor's Special Award:

2019 - Canvey Island Senior Citizens Association (CISCA) - Celebrating 50 Years of Service to the Community

2016 - Stibbards and Sons Funeral Directors - For 150 Years of Outstanding Service to the Community